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Douglas County Historical Society

at Historic Fort Omaha
30th & Fort Streets


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5730 N. 30 St, #11B Omaha, NE 68111

Phone: 402-455-9990
Fax: 402-453-9448
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General Crook House
Monday - Friday
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday
1 to 4 p.m.

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Library Archives
Monday - Friday
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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July 15 or 17, 2014, Researching Your Douglas County Ancestors
10 a.m. to Noon Education Room, General Crook House Museum

This seminar will cover the basics of genealogy and family research using the resources which are available at the Douglas County Historical Society’s Library Archives Center. We will discuss using such resources as birth, death and marriage records, naturalization records, newspapers for obituaries and marriages, clipping files, city directories and other online resources. The last part of the seminar will feature hands on use of these various resources. DCHS Registrar Libby Krecek will, with examples, guide participants through genealogy basics using our Library Archives Center. . Cost to attend is $10 for members, $15 for non-members. Space is limited so register now by calling 402-455-9990 ext. 101 or emailing Members@DouglasCoHistory.org.
 

July 19, 2014, PhotoPlay
Noon to 2 p.m. General Crook House Museum

Every archival collection has unidentified photographs. Despite not knowing who is in the image, or where it was taken, or why, these photos can be enormously compelling. There are stories in the photos, even if we no longer know what they are.

This July 19, Douglas County Historical Society will tell new stories about these photos. Seven of Omaha's best playwrights have each selected a photograph that they found especially mysterious, interesting, or curious, and have written a 10-minute monologue based on the image. These monologues will attempt to imagine the story behind the image, and each monologue will be set in Douglas County, where the images originated.

Six Omaha actors will perform the monologues, each in a different room (and the garden) of the General Crook House. This historic home will provide an elegant backdrop for the monologues, and provide newcomers an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the lovingly restored Victorian general's house.

The playwrights will include: Ellen Caroline Struve, whose "Recommended Reading for Girls" was staged at the Omaha Community Playhouse last season; Tim Siragusa, who authored some of the Blue Barn's most popular plays; Coco Mault, whose recently had a monologue debut in New York; Jeremy Johnsons, whose play "In the Jungle You Must Wait" will premiere at the Shelterbelt next year; Ben Beck, a recent OEAA Award-winner for his play "Crash! Boom!

Pow!"; and DCHS's research specialist, Max Sparber, whose play "Minstrel Show" detailed the 1919 lynching of William Brown in Omaha, and has enjoyed 30 productions throughout America.

"Photoplay" will be performed starting at noon on July 19. Tickets for the event are $10. Tickets are limited, so please call (402) 455-9990 to make a reservation.

July 22, 2014, Page From Our Past
6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Library Archives Center

July’s Page from Our Past features author James Kimble and his book Prairie Forge: The Extraordinary Story of the Nebraska Scrap Metal Drive of World War II. In the wake of Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt called for the largest arms buildup in our nation's history. A shortage of steel, however, quickly slowed the program’s momentum, and arms production fell dangerously behind schedule. The country needed scrap metal. Henry Doorly, publisher of the Omaha World-Herald, had the solution. Prairie Forge tells the story of the great Nebraska scrap drive of 1942—a campaign that swept the nation and yielded five million tons of scrap metal, literally salvaging the war effort itself.

James J. Kimble chronicles Doorly’s conception of a fierce competition pitting county against county, business against business, and, in schools across the state, class against class—inspiring Nebraskans to gather 67,000 tons of scrap metal in only three weeks. This astounding feat provided the template for a national drive. A tale of plowshares turned into arms, Prairie Forge gives the first full account of how home became home front for so many civilians.

This book is currently available in our bookstore located in the General Crook House Museum. Participants who have registered to take part in the program receive a 5% discount off of the retail price of the book! Get your copy today!

Cost to participate in these discussions is $5 for members and $10 for non-members. Pre-registration is required and seating will be limited to 20 participants. To register, email members@douglascohistory.org or call 402-455-9990, ext. 101.